You have to hear it to believe it. Porno Klan is a weird music project from a Brazilian producer that likes to mash-up pop artists like Beyonce with underground dirty Brazilian funk or carnival songs. Sometimes he even releases a music video to illustrate the lyrics. And to top that, he creates exotic 80s inspired […]
Rothko is a São Paulo restaurant inspired by the paintings of Mark Rothko and the passion for gastronomy of Diego Belda. From the rock clubs he owned, Casa Belfiore and CBBAR, to a unique restaurant in the heart of São Paulo’s nightlife, Belda is also a painter but in parallel discovered the world of gastronomy […]
Founded by Isabella Prata in 2006, Escola São Paulo is an institution that offers very special courses in the creative world, entrepreneurship and innovation. Prata is a Tate Modern member of International Acquisitions Committee in London, President of the Committee to Support the ‘Glass House Project”, curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist, among other great projects […]
Some bright telephone operator in São Paulo, Brazil decided to commission 100 artists to paint 100 public phone booths some time back. It helps that the booths look like oversized helmets to begin with. It makes us want to dunk into the one painted like naked brains immediately for an instant reboot. BRAINSSSSSSSS.
Marcos Proença was born in Sorocaba but moved to São Paulo in 2001. Over 20 years, he has become one of the most sought-after hair stylists in the luxury market in Brazil and also a pioneer for creating the first eco-friendly salon in the country, launched November 2009. His place offers an unique experience combining […]
Sick of working in a bank, Henrique Fogaça quit his job and got a burger trailer. After that, he opened a cafe within the courtyard of an art gallery near Paulista Avenue, which is one of the most important thoroughfares of the city of São Paulo. It quickly became a charming and exclusive restaurant called […]
Adriano Cintra and Marina Vello may come from differing generations and cities, but they crossed paths and shared a musical affinity during their previous bands’ success outside of Brazil. Half a decade later, they met up again and chose a simpler format – piano and vocals, stepping away somewhat from the dancefloor inclinations of their respective paths, and embracing more mature, cinematic melodies and arrangements. The Madrid EP is out now on Coletiva Produtora Records.
Inspired by her travels, artistic upbringing and passion for shoes, Chofakian’s dream has always been to give the sophisticated women of Brazil something more than charm and glamour. With her creations, she pushes the boundaries of contrasting materials and unique mixes of colors, while always emphasizing comfort – all her shoes are handmade with premium leather and accessories – fulfilling the desire of contemporary women to wear authentic creations to enjoy their day with elegance.
Pop up stores? Cute, but so last decade. Say hello to The Gourmet Tea, a pop out tea store in São Paulo. Neatly hidden behind what looks like a neon art deco wall when it’s closed, the shop is actually an oversized plywood box that opens up for business by popping out from the wall panels, thanks to some very clever design by Brazilian architect Alan Chu. A hinged flap flips to show the shop sign; the counter is wheeled out, and a door opens to reveal cupboards and shelves of tea merchandise. Wow. This store reminds us of the Countryman, the first MINI with four doors and optional four wheel drive. Yessir, all the fun of a Hatch in a Fun Utility Vehicle. That would be an FUV to me and you. Check out this video about it below.
Casa das Caldeiras is a masonry brick factory built in the 1920s to serve as power generator for the old Matarazzo Industries. It’s an historic heritage building in São Paulo City, restored and revitalized in 1999, when it became a new location for the some of coolest events in town.
Founded by brother and sister duo, Marcelo and Ilana Kugel, in 2010, Koral Wear is a premier American-made (LA) luxury lifestyle brand. Brazil’s vibrant colors, and vivacious, sexy styles alongside Los Angeles’ healthy, active beach culture were the inspirational forces behind it. With roots in Brazil and LA, the infusion of both cultures and lifestyles in their designs was a natural choice for the siblings.
From the ‘now we’ve seen it all’ file comes this: for his latest exhibition, creatively titled Blow Job – Trabalho de Sopro (Blow Job – Work of Blowing), Brazilian artist Fernando de La Rocque created the images with religious and political themes using, wait for it, cannabis smoke. The artist says of his work: ‘more important than freedom to smoke marijuana is the freedom to think about it and make art with it. Polemic issues divide opinions, forcing people to think and debate. Inertia is useless when we want to overcome something’. Ah, yes.
Jean Campos and Patricia Palma own and operate the four year-old, Brazil-based design studio, Romeu and Julieta, which specializes in advertising illustration and fashion marketing. This imaginative design is a multidimensional cross-section of a human head, organized into handy compartments that store different forms of information for the digital age.
This is a lovely collection of retouched portraits by Brazilian local artists. It is one of the latest books I have bought, and probably one of the most beautiful ones I own.
Brazilian-based artist Tati Ferrigno is an amazing illustrator known for her detailed works and especially her pin-up style of art. Her works are so beautiful that some people actually ink them on their skin.